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Heart Valve Problems: Aortic Insufficiency

Aortic insufficiency means your aortic valve has problems closing. Blood leaks back through the valve. Extra blood may cause the ventricle to stretch. A stretched ventricle doesn’t squeeze as well. In time, the heart won’t move blood the way it should.

Possible Causes

You may be born with a problem aortic valve that doesn’t close properly. Or, your aortic valve may have been damaged by rheumatic fever or a heart infection.

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Cutaway view of heart

Treating Aortic Insufficiency

Your doctor may prescribe medications. These can make it easier for the heart to move your blood. To treat severe insufficiency, heart valve surgery may be suggested, especially if you develop symptoms.

 

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